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What’s Your Process?

This question is high among the questions I am often asked – What is your writing process? I like the question and would like to thank NaNoWriMo for the impetus for the core of my writing process.

THE NANOWRIMO WAY

… to sit down with an idea for a story and just start writing, not correcting, not editing, unconcerned with tense, agreement – just let the story take over.

My introduction to NaNoWriMo was in 2012 when I learned that November was national writing month for many writers. I joined and was encouraged to sit down with an idea for a story and just start writing, not correcting, not editing, unconcerned with tense, agreement – just let the story take over. That comes closest to explaining how I lay down my rough draft.

HORSE BEFORE THE CART

Creating the characters and getting to know them and how they think and react is how I prep a novel.

Prior to the rough draft writing there is preparation. For instance, even now while I “unrough” the rough draft of Attack of Darkness, I am thinking about and jotting down ideas for my next novel’s storyline.

Some authors prep with an outline in line with the components of a novel. Maybe I should but I don’t. Creating the characters and getting to know them and how they think and react is how I prep a novel. The story becomes about their lives and the events of the story impact it. As the story unfolds, we watch how their worldview stands up against the circumstances of the tale.

PERFECTION AND DEVELOPMENT

I’m looking to perfect the flow and the realism. I want to make sure the characters don’t become out of character. I’m trying to assure that the reader relates and engages.

After the first draft, I start a second draft. This involves reading the rough draft. I am editing somewhat the grammar, spelling, etcetera, but mainly I’m looking to perfect the flow and the realism. I want to make sure the characters don’t become out of character. I’m trying to assure that the reader relates and engages.

Sometimes reading the first draft, I find it helpful to read aloud. I often use the text-to-speech devise to read aloud. It helps me “hear” the flaws and sometimes the perfections. (I listen to the perfections a couple of times in awe and amazement.)

ALWAYS LEARNING

I learn things good and poor about my process with each novel.

I learn things good and poor about my process with each novel. So, the process is still changing. With the first, A River Bend, I did not spend enough effort in the perfecting and development stage. It was more of an editing stage.

With each novel, I spent more time and placed more value in this part of the process. I think that is why Attack of Darkness has taken so much longer to complete. Actually, Attack of Darkness‘s second draft regresses to a rough draft. I am sure I will want to do the “Perfection and Development” stage, again. That is how important I believe this part of my process is.

EDITING

I have learned that the editing is best done by someone else. Something I failed to do with Through the Valley of the Shadow and On Satan’s Island.

Once I feel I have accomplished what I want from this second phase of the process, it is time to do the editing. I have learned that the editing is best done by someone else. Something I failed to do with Through the Valley of the Shadow and On Satan’s Island. I will be having someone edit Attack of Darkness once I get it to that point.

Once it is edited, I hope to have a few readers read Attack of Darkness and write me a review before I get into a full-blown marketing of the book. I will probably read it myself to try to discover areas of improvement to even make the next one better.

MARKETING

Let’s save this for another time and another space.

The next part of this tale is the marketing. That is a whole other ball of wax. One in which I have so much to learn. Let’s save this for another time and another space.

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Douglas Knight

I write about what I'm thinking or what I've imagined in an effort to regain that childhood imagination and marry with my many years of real experiences. I'm getting better at it the more I write.I am a published author of two romantic intrigue novels.My books can be found at Amazon.com or if you want a personalized copy, by emailing me at douglasknight85@gmail.com.

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